Orlando City has signed Honduran striker Bryan Róchez as a designated player, the club announced on Monday.
Róchez, 19, joins the club from Honduras Primera Division squad Real C.D. España, for whom he scored 29 goals in 59 matches. He also made his debut with the Honduras men's national team in 2014 in the Copa Centroamericana.
Orlando City head coach Adrian Heath said he expects Róchez will make an immediate impact on the team during its inaugural season.
“We’re extremely delighted that Bryan is joining us for the 2015 season,” said Heath. “He’s a player that we’ve had our eyes on for quite some time now, as we believe that he has the ability to contribute to the team straight away.
Róchez joins Brazilian star Kaka as the club's designated players. Orlando City has one remaining designated player spot.
Orlando City used the first pick in last week's expansion draft on Portland Timbers goalkeeper Donovan Ricketts. The club also traded for Amobi Okugo and Aurelien Collin, formerly of the Philadelphia Union and Sporting Kansas City, respectively.
Orlando City will continue to fill out its roster next month during the MLS SuperDraft.
- Paul Palladino